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Monday, April 6, 2009

• Replace/Fix Jig, Spinnerbait, or Buzzbait Skirts

Over the past few months, I've noticed a few searches looking for how to replace a skirt on a jig or a spinnerbait. It's not a very easy task to accomplish if you've never done it before. It can turn into a mess of frustration and skirt material in no time at all. The guys who make their own lures have easier methods, but for anglers like you and me, all we need is something cheap and effective. You don't need to fork over cash for some silly kit, although I must admit, the kits I have seen recently have been really neat and quick. I already knew about a trick using a Bic pen cap, but if you happened to do a Google search for a how-to, you probably never found one.

My way does involve parts of an ink pen, but it may not be the best technique. It still uses many of the same principles and it is enough to get you started. I'm going to do this rather hastily, so my end result will not be perfect. Take your time and you'll end up with a perfectly aligned skirt.

What you'll need:
Paper clip, skirt collar, skirt strands, jig or spinnerbait, pointed pen cap, and any small tube wide and long enough to slide the skirt strands through (I use the mid-section of a pen).

Some skirt collars are narrow and not very stretchy. That's why I employ a pen cap and a tube in my method. There's no way you can cram a spinnerbait skirt through a Bic pen cap unless you slice it.

So first, set out your skirt material so the ends are lined up. Unfold the paperclip and leave a loop/hook at one end.

Slide the straight end opposite the loop underneath the skirt strands and pull the loop all the way over them. Push the loop closed and slide the paper clip down to a point near the bottom third of the skirt.

If your skirt collar is very flexible, go ahead and slide it on the tube. If it's small or tight, push it over the pointed end of the pen cap first. Then stick the point into one end of the tube and roll the skirt collar across onto it.

Run the end of the paper clip opposite the loop into the tube and out the other side. Pull the strands into the tube. Once the bottom third of the skirt has gone inside the tube, use two hands. One will pull the skirt through and the other will hold the strands on the opposite side.

Once both ends of the skirt are sticking out of the tube, roll the band down onto the skirt at the point you want it to rest on your lure. Slide the hook point of the spinnerbait or jig through the strands and the collar. Then slide the strands up to and onto the neck of the lead head. Trim accordingly to even out the ends of the skirt.

Again, I did this in a hurry, so the end result does look a tad sloppy. If you take your time, it comes out just right and you can trim up the skirt if things are a little uneven. I'm sure there are folks who use a similar technique. Hope I was able to help give you some ideas.

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Rich said...

Nice use of simple tools, there are some inexpensive tools out there as well that do the same thing, but nearly as McGuiver like :)

BassFishingDem said...

Thanks. While I was roaming the showroom floor at the Classic this year, I got to play with the Simple Skirt Tool at the Do-It Fishing booth. Some guy walking behind me muttered over my shoulder that you could do the same thing with a Bic pen, an idea I was already somewhat familiar with. That's why I posted my version. The Simple Skirt Tool was only $4.99 in the Do-It Fishing catalog I picked up. Very cool and still relatively inexpensive option.

BassFishingDem said...

And I noticed this handy little gadget at Tacklewarehouse that is worth a once over. Looks like it's easy to use.